Chaos Comes to Longbourn begins with a frustrated Mr. Darcy fleeing the ballroom in an attempt to get Elizabeth Bennet out of his mind. He winds up in the dark Netherfield library, only to stumble onto (literally) Lydia Bennet in a mild state of undress. Although he witnessed a figure slipping out the back door, he was found in a compromising position and is forced to propose to Lydia.
This is just the start of a wacky, mixed-up tale that also finds Jane engaged to Mr. Collins, Charlotte Lucas engaged to Wickham, and Lizzie engaged to Mr. Bingley...and not a single one of the characters happy with how the cards have fallen.
There wasn't much mention of food, save toast, eggs, and a beefsteak. There were however, plenty of instances of both wine punch and brandy.
Darcy massaged his temples. Those glasses of brandy—how many had it been?—had seemed an excellent idea the previous evening after he had escaped the debacle in the library. However, his throbbing head and queasy stomach now told him that he should have been more abstemious. He could not help reliving last night's disaster over and over. How had it happened? While attempting to escape one Bennet sister, how had he ended up engaged to another? Surely it was some horrible nightmare.
I thought I'd combine the two to make a modern version of a brandy-fortified punch. Perfect for sipping at your next ball or autumn get-together.